CCDBR David Aguillard receives CRS AwardCCDBR David Aguillard and CSO Dr. Melanie Verges honored for Creativity and Spirit

Baltimore, MD— David Aguillard, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge(CCDBR) Executive Director, and Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Melanie Verges received a 2013 CRS Rice Bowl Award for their outstanding commitment to raising awareness of global hunger and educating Catholics in the United States about their brothers and sisters locally and in the developing world. 

They were selected based on the creativity and enthusiasm with which they promoted the CRS-sponsored program in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The award was presented at the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gather in Washington DC on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of CRS Rice Bowl for Lent 2013. 

 “Their work illustrates how a diocese can bring their own unique personalities and strengths to the mission of serving the poor and embracing CRS Rice Bowl as a way to engage Catholics each Lent, “ said Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of US Operations for Catholic Relief Services, who presented the award.

After Aguillard returned from a trip to Africa with CRS in 2011, he shared his experience with his staff and developed a presentation to promote CRS Rice Bowl in churches and schools. Aguillard’s collaboration with Dr. Verges led to many new opportunities for school students to hear about the work of Catholic Charities locally and CRS work overseas. In 2012, the collection increased 33%. 

Since 1975, CRS Rice Bowl has been a Lenten tradition for thousands of Catholic families, parishes and schools that provides a way to focus on the lives and need of others around the work and in our neighborhoods. 

This year, with a new name, a refreshed design and numerous new resources created to enrich the experience of Lent, CRS Rice Bowl offers meaningful ways for Catholic s to embrace the season. By highlighting the beauty of the Lenten trio—prayer, fasting and giving—CRS Rice Bowl connects Catholic with the global mission of the Church. 


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